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|Availability||National, through broadcast stations, satellite radio, and iHeartRadio|
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Way|
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, United States|
|Parent||Disney Channels Worldwide
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
(Disney Media Networks)
(The Walt Disney Company)
|November 18, 1996|
Radio Disney, also known as Radio Disney Networks (corporate name Radio Disney, Inc.), is an American radio network that is owned by Disney Channels Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Disney–ABC Television Group, a primary component of The Walt Disney Company's Disney Media Networks segment. Radio Disney Networks broadcasts three separated digital channels, Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country and Radio Disney Junior, via radio station's HD channel or by online stream sites. The original Radio Disney network play music and other content aimed at preteens and young teenagers; it can be described as a youth-targeted contemporary hit radio format with heavy emphasis on teen idols. Recently Radio Disney has become a Mainstream Top 40 Indicator reporter on Nielsen-BDS eventually being upgraded to monitored status with Nielsen-BDS. Radio Disney is also a monitored reporter on the Mediabase 24/7 Top 40 panel. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California.
Radio Disney is formatted like a traditional radio station, featuring prize giveaways (in which listeners can enter via telephone, the internet and since 2008, text messaging) and occasional in-studio interviews called "Takeovers," which usually occur during the weekday late-afternoon timeslot.
For many years Radio Disney affiliated with stations in markets of varying size, mainly large and mid-sized markets; however, since the early 2010s, it has started to withdraw from areas located outside of the 25 largest radio markets, owing to those listeners tuning in via either their website or mobile phone/tablet applications, along with the low adoption rate of HD Radio, which many Radio Disney stations have on their AM signals to match FM audio quality. On August 13, 2014, Disney announced that it would sell its remaining Radio Disney stations, with the exception of KDIS in Los Angeles. Disney announced that it would begin to syndicate Radio Disney through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels.
- 1 Background
- 2 History
- 3 Programming
- 4 Radio Disney Music Awards
- 5 DJs
- 6 Radio Disney World Tours
- 7 Stations
- 8 Radio Disney History of #1s
- 9 Albums
- 10 International
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Disney had for a long time be involved in the music business building off its success in movies and TV shows, which later became Disney Music Group. However, with radio, Disney was not committed to the medium only doing a few shows. Radio Disney is Disney's third foray into radio. In late 1955, Walt Disney started The Magic Kingdom radio show—running Monday through Fridays and which was heard on ABC Radio. Even before the 1996 Disney-CC/ABC merger, Disney and ABC Radio considered as early as 1992 planned for a children's radio network but dropped the idea. Starting on July 31, 1994, Disney started a weekend radio show, Live From Walt Disney World, that originated from both Disney World and Disneyland on Radio AAHS.
In November 1995, ABC Radio Networks and Children's Broadcast Corp. reached an agreement for ABC Radio to provide marketing and sales to Radio AAHS. After Disney's acquisition of CC/ABC, Disney had ABC Radio cancel the agreement in August 1996 plus announced the start of its own children's network and ended AAHS's Disney World broadcasting rights.
ABC Radio Networks
Radio Disney was test launched in November 1996 in four markets, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Ala., by ABC Radio Networks. On August 26, 1997, Radio Disney was launched in Los Angeles on KTZN-AM (710).
A nationwide roll out occurred in 1998 with 28 stations affiliating by August 1998 with an expected 63 stations by the end of 1999. Radio Disney purchased KAAM (AM) (Plano, Texas) for $12 million and switched the station to the network in July. In 1998, the network was based out of its Dallas station.
Other than music, the network in 1998 had "Mickey & Minnie's Tune Time," a 2-hour weekday toddler program and two 60-second features per hour which included contests, "ABC News for Kids", "Gross Me Out," a "gross" facts. The network ran its Radio Disney Project Family Initiative from July 1 to September 15, 2003 with family-themed programming and events to get family to sign on to the Radio Disney Family Pledge.
Radio Disney began being carried by SiriusXM in 2002. Disney entered a joint venture to launch Capital Disney digital radio channel in Britain and operated from 2002 until June 29, 2007. In 2004, Disney paid the former Children's Broadcasting Corporation (which operated fellow children's radio network Radio Aahs) $12.4 million in a lawsuit settlement.
2006 marked the network's 10th anniversary; Radio Disney rebroadcast its first hour of programming from November 18, 1996 on June 6, 2006 at around 4:58 p.m. ET on stations in select markets such as WQEW. Also, as part of the 10th anniversary, Radio Disney held the "Totally 10 Birthday Concert" on July 22, 2006 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. It also included a simultaneous live webcast on the Radio Disney website. A second concert was held in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 2006 at the Dallas Convention Center.
Disney Channels Worldwide
Operational duties of Radio Disney were transferred to the company's Disney–ABC Cable Networks Group (currently d.b.a. Disney Channels Worldwide), which otherwise operates Disney's cable television properties, except for ESPN.
In March 2008, Radio Disney and Gracenotes signed a licensing agreement starting immediately that allow the lyrics be seen along with the song online on Radio Disney Internet Radio Player. The channel began streaming live on iTunes Radio Tuner in August 2008. In November 2008, Radio Disney relocated its main operations from Dallas to Los Angeles.
The network launched on October 8, 2008 the Next Big Thing feature which allows listeners vote on young unsigned artists' songs to be played. In 2013, the Radio Disney Music Awards began airing on the Disney Channel.
On February 14, 2011, a Radio Disney Junior block launched in tandem with Disney Junior on Disney block. The hour long block focus on music for the preschool age plus fun "audio theater" with Disney Junior characters.
Radio Disney started to reduce it station footprint to the larger markets to make the network more profitable. In January 2010, Radio Disney requested permission from the FCC to "silence" five of its owned-and-operated stations (along with a sixth station operating under a local marketing agreement with another company) while the stations were being sold. Disney sold six AM stations and one FM station that year. In June 2013, Disney announced the sale of seven owned-and-operated stations in medium-sized markets, in order to refocus Radio Disney's broadcast distribution on the top-25 radio markets.
On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown would become a syndicated radio show, distributed by Rick Dees' Dees Entertainment. Aha Radio, Slacker and ShowMobile signed online carriage agreements with the network in mid-2014.
On August 13, 2014, Radio Disney's general manager Phil Guerini announced plans to sell all but one of its remaining owned-and-operated stations on or before September 26, 2014, in order to focus more on the network's programming, co-branded events, and digital outlets. Listenership reports indicated that the majority of Radio Disney's audience listened to the network via satellite radio and other digital platforms, and only 18% via terrestrial AM/FM radio. KDIS remains operational to serve as the originating station for the Radio Disney network. while the remaining stations would continue carrying Radio Disney programming until their respective sales were completed. The last five Radio Disney owned-and-operated stations for sale were sold on September 15, 2015 to Salem Media Group (who was the largest purchaser of the stations) for $2.225 million.
On April 13, 2015, Disney announced that the Radio Disney network would become syndicated through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels; the network will be distributed by iBiquity, with ad sales handled by its HD Radio Digital Network unit. A network representative that the move was intended to target families as in-car listeners. On August 6, 2015, Radio Disney was made available for listening on iHeartRadio platform.
Radio Disney launched a digital also spin-off channel known as Radio Disney Country on November 4, 2015. The channel primarily airs country music, with a wide focus on new and old material from popular artists, pop songs featuring country acts, and newer material. Guerini explained that the format of the channel was meant to allow it to draw from a wider range of songs than traditional country radio stations, owing to the format's "embrace" of rock and pop-oriented songs. By November 2015, Radio Disney Networks launched Radio Disney Junior channel digitally via the Watch Disney Junior app, Slacker Radio curated playlist and on iHeartRadio. Radio Disney Jr. consists only of eight hours of programming. On IHeartRadio, "The Alli Simpson Show" was also given its own stream on November 11.
Radio Disney plays a large selection of songs from stars and programs on Disney Channel, along with popular songs from mainstream pop and R&B artists that are found on conventional radio stations. The network airs edited versions of some Top 40 songs (which remove profanity and any other suggestive content) to make them appropriate for younger listeners. The specialized radio format favors music which often takes on a sound reminiscent of "bubblegum pop" of the 1960s and '70s.
List of programs broadcast by Radio Disney
- For the Record with Laura Marano- A weekly one-hour show hosted by Laura Marano, chronicling her journey as she launches her music career.
- Maddy and Chase's Summer Break - Hosted by Maddy Coghlan and Chase Rosenberg.
- Really Good Time - Airing on Saturday nights and hosted by DJ Lela B, the program features dance music including remixes of popular songs.
- The Radio Disney Top 3 - The Radio Disney Top 3 airs nightly at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, as of 2013 (the countdown had originally been broadcast at 9:30 p.m. ET). Hosted by Brooke Taylor, it features the three most requested songs of the day, and after, a caller who is able to name all three songs will win a prize or super entry.
- Radio Disney's Top 10 (originally Top 30 Countdown and Radio Disney's Top 30) - The longest-running program, originally hosted only by Susan Huber, later by Jake Whetter and now by Ernie D. Songs that receive the most requests during the week are included on the countdown, played in descending order. In 2016, the Radio Disney Top 30, after being the longest-running program in the station, was shortened to only 10 songs. Around New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, a special version of the countdown featuring the 50 most requested songs of the year is broadcast. The Top 10 airs live on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with an encore presentation on Sundays from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Connect Family - Originally named Family Fun Day, the program was retitled early in April 2007 as Connect Family (borrowed from the network's on-air campaign of the same name); it was formally hosted by Ernest "Ernie D." Martinez and Blake Kuhre. Between songs, parents and children would discuss with the DJs how they spend time with one another, their family life and play contests for children to win prizes and entries into Radio Disney contests.
- Frequency Jam - A Friday night program which debuted around 2002/2003, in which three songs would be played by DJs Ernest "Ernie D." Martinez or Brian Kuhre. The song with the most votes (via Radio Disney's website) would be the next song that would be played as the winner. Frequency Jam ended in February 2007 with the redesign of Radio Disney website.
- Morgan & Maddy in the Morning - hosted by Morgan Tompkins and Maddy Whitby started on April 1, 2013
- Move It Party - Saturday weekend show hosted by Morgan Tompkins and Maddy Whitby
- Playhouse Disney - Playhouse Disney (originally "Mickey and Minnie's Tune Time" from 1998 to 2001) aired on Radio Disney weekdays during the school year from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET and was hosted by Robin, Tina, B. B. Good and Susan Huber from its inception; it was also hosted by Betsy. Playhouse Disney was originally a two-hour block, but was later reduced to one hour; segments featured in the block included Circle Time Story (originally "Mickey and Minnie's Storytime Theatre" from 1998 to 2001), which featured read-along stories from Disney movies and films. Like the now-defunct Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel, it was targeted towards preschoolers. Songs from Playhouse Disney shows, Disney movies, and songs from other shows such as Sesame Street were played, along with contests with preschool-related questions, and questions about Disney characters. Classic Disney songs were also played during the Playhouse Disney block.
- Radio Disney Junior - On February 9, 2011, it was announced that Radio Disney would debut a new children's block aimed at children 2–7 years of age and their parents. The music block ran from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, in the former timeslot of Playhouse Disney. It launched on February 14, 2011, to coincide with the premiere of the Disney Junior morning program block on Disney Channel. This block is hosted by Genevieve Goings from Choo Choo Soul.Choo Choo Soul is a children's entertainment act composed of singer Genevieve Goings as a hip-hop train conductor and her partner, Constantine "DC" Abramson, a dancer and beat boxer dressed as a railroad engineer. This block has moved to the WATCH Disney Junior app and expanded to eight hours.watchdisneyjunior.go.com/ Genevieve Goings also sings the Disney junior theme song "where the magic begins"
- Up Late With ... Blake (April 1, 2013-) night show hosted by Blake Kuhre and included the "Dot Com Top 3"
- The Wakey Blakey Show - A morning radio show hosted by Kuhre for 6 years from 2007-2013, providing the network with the largest block of hosted programming for 6 hours each weekday on a portfolio of AM/FM stations, XM/Sirius satellite radio, iTunes, and internationally to Canada via family.ca. Blake's show was integral to the synergy programming strategy with some of the most successful Disney Channel Worldwide franchises including Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, and High School Musical. Morgan & Maddy in the Morning replaced "The Wakey Blakey Show" in 2013.
In July 2010, Radio Disney debuted its first scripted serial called My Dream, a contemporary story ulitizing a format reminiscent of serials from the 1940s. Unlike Depression-era radio serials that typically featured episodes lasting 15 to 30 minutes, episodes of My Dream runs for only 90 seconds and play multiple times throughout the day. My Dream stars Daphne Blunt as a 14-year-old girl trying to make a name for herself in the music industry while dealing with the usual struggles, responsibilities and emotional ups and downs of an everyday teen.
Features and contests
Radio Disney carries a number of features from interactive contests to informational programs.
- Music Mailbag - The hour-long Saturday program. After a new song selected for entry into Radio Disney's regular playlist was played, listeners were urged to call into the network's hotline or vote on its website to "Pick It" (make the song part of the network's playlist rotation) or "Kick It" (reject it as an entry into the playlist).
- 60 Seconds With (actor/actress/artist name) - A segment featuring minute-long excerpts from interviews and celebrity "takeovers".
- Code Word of the Day - The "Code Word of the Day" is given out about five times an hour. If a caller knows the code word when he or she calls Radio Disney's hotline (usually around 6:30 p.m. ET), that person is awarded a prize.
- Grand Prize Drawing - Grand prize drawings often occur over the course of one to four weeks, depending on the contest. Contestants can win entries in a regular contest that contestant wins; contestants also periodially have the opportunity to win a "super entry", in which 100 entries for the drawing are entered into the contest. The winner of the grand prize will usually win a vacation, or a chance to meet a popular artist heard on Radio Disney or the opportunity to meet another celebrity. Drawings usually occur on a Friday.
- "Gross Me Out," a "gross" facts segment
- NBT (Next Big Thing) - This segment was hosted by Jake Whetter, and is similar to the former Incubator feature. Each year since the contest launched in 2008, Radio Disney plays new songs by five up-and-coming music artist that are contestants; listeners are able to vote for which contestant moves on to the next round of the competition until a winner is chosen.
- Planet Premiere - A music artist sits down with Ernest "Ernie D." Martinez or Candice Huckeba as their newest album or song is played on Radio Disney. Before each song plays, the artist tells the listeners how the song was conceived, and what its meaning was.
- Power Prize - The "Power Prize" occurs at least six times a day. A winner of a contest will not only win a super entry, but also a "power" prize. This started when Radio Disney stopped giving out prizes to every contest winner.
- Radio Rewind - A segment of a song was played backward and callers would try to guess the name of that song. The song would usually be played forward after someone wins.
- Sound File - The news on new music and artists (new entries appear weekly during the Top 10 Countdown).
- Super Entry - Winners of a contest receive 100 entries into the grand prize drawing. When the "super entry" first started, the winner would get 40 entries.
- ABC News for Kids - News updates from ABC News Radio which featured child-appropriate news updates and features segments.
- ABC Notebook
- Aptitude Dude - voiced by Squeege.
- Backwards Bop - A small excerpt of a song was played backward and callers would try to guess the name of that song.
- Battle of the Cities - A trivia game hosted by Mark and Zippy. Two contestants from different cities would call in and the caller with the most answers wins.
- Bumbling Bill’s Safety Spotlight - Bumbling Bill and his friend Sally (Susan Huber) talk about what's safe and unsafe. In a running gag, Bumbling Bill would often malaprop Sally's name. This program ended near the beginning of 2006.
- Celebrity Take with Jake - A pre-recorded segment hosted by Jake Whetter, providing celebrity news stories focusing on actors and music artists popular with the network's target demographic.
- Grandma Nature
- Garage Door Derby - A contest hosted by DJ Aaron K. in which two callers would call in and participate in a race to see whose garage door closed the fastest. The first to say, "It's open!" or "It's closed!" would win a prize.
- Gross Me Out - "Gross Me Out" was a longtime segment that talked about gross things which kids often like to hear.
- Hairbrush Karaoke - Similar to the "Karaoke" game with DJ Kara. DJ Susan Huber would get a caller to sing karaoke on the radio, and then they would win a prize. This ended when Susan Huber left Radio Disney.
- Hogwarts or Hogwash - A game played by DJ Aaron K. The correct caller must answer three out of four questions from the popular Harry Potter book and/or film series as true or false, by saying "Hogwarts" for being true and "Hogwash" for being false.
- Incubator - A segment played between songs or during commercial breaks featuring interviews with up-and-coming music artists.
- Karaoke - A contest held by retired DJ Kara Edwards. She would sing one line of a song and the correct caller would sing the other.
- Laugh Shack - Kids would call in and leave jokes on the network's voicemail (or "earmail") number. The jokes would then later be aired on the radio.
- Let's Make a Deal - Another game/contest hosted by Mark and Zippy. This was a parody of the television game show of the same name.
- Theatre Of The B-zarre - An interstitial segment that ended around mid-2006, in which Dr. B and a hairball-like creature named Critter talk about strange and creepy things.
- The Adventures of Bud and Iggy - A contest that centered on two unheard characters, Bud and Iggy, who are always getting lost. Clues were given as to what city the two are lost in. This longtime contest ended near the end of 2003.
- The Answer is Always "C." - The DJ would give a caller a multiple choice question, or questions, but a winner would almost always be assured, as the answer was always the "C." choice.
- The State Game - Three clues about a state were given out (the state nickname and two facts) and callers would try and guess what state it is. This game was played by B.B. Good and Sherry.
- Thinkenstein: 2000 - A segment featuring Dr. Thinkenstein (voiced by Clint Ford) a wild, hyperactive scientist with a Karloff-esque voice, who routinely examined technologies and breakthroughs that other scientists were currently working on to improve the future. He frequently discussed his findings with his computer assistant, "I.gor" (nicknamed "E-dot").
- Your Music, Your Way a.k.a. Your Music & Your Stars, Your Way
Choo Choo Soul stars and host for Disney Junior radio at the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll.
Radio Disney Music Awards
Since 2001, Radio Disney has held an annual awards ceremony, the Radio Disney Music Awards, to honor popular music artists featured on the network. Similar to the Teen Choice Awards and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, teenagers vote to select the winner of each category including Best Female Artist, Best Male Artist, Best Music Group, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Band, Fiercest Fans, Artist with the Best Style, Most Talked About Artist and more. The most winners include Hilary Duff, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes, Fifth Harmony and The Cheetah Girls.
Radio Disney has had a number of different DJs since its launch in 1996. Below are a number of DJs along with their years of employment. Many Radio Disney DJs left the network around 2008, when Radio Disney moved its broadcasts and operations to Burbank, California.
- Alli Simpson (2015–present)
- B. B. Good (1998–2008)
- Blake Kuhre (2005–2014)
- Dean Wendt (1996–2001)
- Giel (2003–2008)
- Halicia Ashford (Hallie) (2009–2014)
- Jake Whetter (2008–2013)
- Just Plain Mark (1997–2001)
- Kara (1997–2001)
- Squeege (1996–2005)
- Susan Huber (1996–2008)
- Zippy (1997–2001)
- Genevieve Goings (2011–present)
Radio Disney World Tours
In 2000 and 2001, Radio Disney launched two separate "world tours" that traveled to major U.S. cities including Atlanta, New York City, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. In 2000, the tour featured up-and-coming talent (No Authority, Myra) and then Radio Disney DJs, Mark and Zippy. The tour played in theatrical venues and had audiences of up to 2,000 people per show (there were four shows each weekend in each city).
Despite being music-oriented, the network was carried primarily on AM stations. The Walt Disney Company owned most of the network's affiliates, though some stations were operated through local marketing agreements that had varying degrees of local management. The last separately-owned Radio Disney affiliate, WOLF in Syracuse, New York, left the network on February 1, 2014.
On August 13, 2014, it was announced that all of Radio Disney's remaining stations, excluding KDIS, were to be sold in an effort to focus more on digital distribution of the Radio Disney network. KDIS will be retained to serve as the originator of Radio Disney's programming, and its operations will be assumed by the network's national staff. However, Disney later announced that it would syndicate Radio Disney through affiliations with HD Radio subchannels.
Many former Radio Disney stations have diverse histories prior to the network affiliation. The call signs of Radio Disney stations (particularly those owned by The Walt Disney Company) were variations on the Disney name and that of Mickey and Minnie Mouse; at least one appeared to be named for Goofy (WGFY), and another after Walt Disney World (WDW).
This is the current list of stations for Radio Disney as of October 24, 2016.
|Former Radio Disney stations|
|Callsign||Frequency||Location||Years of affiliation||Comments|
|KADZ||1550||Arvada/Denver, Colorado||–2003||Station was shut down in 2003.|
|KALY||1240||Albuquerque, New Mexico||2003–2010||Sold in 2010; later carried similarly-formatted JENNiRADIO but now has an oldies format|
|KBEE||860||Salt Lake City, Utah||1996–2001||Affiliation moved to KWDZ in 2001|
|KDDZ||1690||Denver, Colorado||1999-2015||Went silent in December 2015|
|KDEF||1150||Albuquerque, New Mexico||2000–2003||Affiliation moved to KALY|
|KDIS||710||Los Angeles, California||1996–2003||Swapped with then ESPN Radio 1110 in 2003.|
|KDIS-FM||99.5||Little Rock, Arkansas||2003–2013||Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.|
|KDIZ||1440||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||1996-2015||Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015; Went silent on December 11, now broadcasting business talk (programming moved from KYCR)|
|KDYS||1520||Lafayette, Louisiana||1996-2004||Originally a Radio Aahs affiliate; dropped Radio Disney upon station sale in 2004.|
|KDZR||1640||Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington||2003-2015||Switched to conservative talk as Talk 1640|
|KEBC||1560||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||2004–2013||Dropped Radio Disney for a comedy format in March 2013.|
|KIID||1470||Sacramento, California||2001-2015||Sold to Punjabi American Media LLC.|
|KKDD||1290||San Bernardino/Riverside, California||2001–2012||Changed to Contemporary Christian music format in April 3, 2012.|
|KKDZ||1250||Seattle, Washington||August 1997-September 21, 2015||(now Desi 1250 AM)|
|KMIC||1590||Houston, Texas||1999-2015||Dropped Radio Disney on January 13, 2015 to temporarily go dark. Sold to DAIJ Media.|
|KMIK||1580||Phoenix||1998-2015||Sold to Gabriella Broadcasting Licensee on October 20, 2015. Station went silent as a result.|
|KMKI||620||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||1998-2015||Sold to Salem Media Group on September 15, 2015. After a brief moment simulcasting KWRD-FM (from September 18 until September 25, 2015), the station flipped to Business News/Talk (assuming the former programming of KVCE).|
|KMKY||1310||Oakland, California||1997-2015||Sold to Radio Mirchi, went silent on October 13, 2015.|
|KMUS||1380||Tulsa, Oklahoma||2004–2010||Sold in 2011; changed to Spanish.|
|KORL||690||Honolulu, Hawaii||1999-2006||Affiliate originally operated under the call letters KQMQ|
|KPHN||1190||Kansas City, Missouri||2002–2013||Sold in 2014; format changed to religious programming.|
|KQAM||1480||Wichita, Kansas||–2009||Sold in 2009; format changed to talk radio.|
|KRDY||1160||San Antonio, Texas||2003–2013||Sold in 2013; format changed to Spanish religious programming in 2014.|
|KRNN||1380||Little Rock, Arkansas||1996–2003||Affiliation moved to FM dial KDIS-FM|
|KRYS||1360||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|KSON||1240||San Diego, California||1996-2004||Station became a Vietnamese/ethnic station in 2004|
|KWDZ||910||Salt Lake City, Utah||2003-2013; 2014-2015||Had been up for sale since 2013. Dropped Radio Disney on August 17, 2013 to remain silent. The station resumed operations on August 14, 2014, but resumed Radio Disney in October. Was sold to Citicasters Licenses (iHeartMedia). Went silent again on July 17, 2015.|
|KYDZ||1180||Omaha, Nebraska||1999-2009||Originally used the KOIL call sign; affiliation moved to (and KOIL reused on) 1020 AM|
|WALL||1340||Middletown, New York||2005–2010||Format changed to oldies.|
|WAMF||1300||Fulton, Oswego County, New York||2002–2012||Dropped WOLF simulcast, in favor of classic country in October 2012.|
|WBWL||600||Jacksonville, Florida||–2010||Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.|
|WBHR||660||Sauk Rapids/St. Cloud, Minnesota|
|WBVA||1450||Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia||Disaffiliated from Radio Disney due to contractual issues.|
|WBYU||1450||New Orleans, Louisiana||2003–2011||Closed down September 26, 2011.|
|WCOG||1320||Greensboro, North Carolina||2001–2010||Sold in 2010; format changed to sports radio.|
|WDDY||1460||Albany, New York||2002–2013||Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.|
|WDDZ||1250||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||2011-2015||Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015, flipped to Conservative Talk on May 13, 2015 as "AM 1250 The Answer".|
|WDDZ||550||Providence, Rhode Island||2001–2010||Sold in 2010, format changed to business radio. Call letters reused for Pittsburgh affiliate.|
|WDDZ||1500||Zion, Illinois||1998–2000||Former simulcast of WRDZ; call letters reused for Providence affiliate.|
|WDRD||680||Louisville, Kentucky||2002–2010||Sold in 2010; before the sale, the station flipped to the sports radio format as an ESPN Radio Owned-and-operated station.|
|WDSS||1680||Grand Rapids, Michigan||2003–2008||Disaffiliated from Radio Disney on August 7, 2008.|
|WDWD||590||Atlanta, Georgia||1996-2015||Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015, flipped to Christian Talk on May 11, 2015 as "Faith Talk 590".|
|WDYZ||990||Orlando, Florida||2001-2015||Dropped Radio Disney on March 18, 2015. Sold to Salem Media Group in 2014.|
|WDZK||1550||Hartford, Connecticut||1998–2011||Sold in 2010; format changed to religious programming in 2011.|
|WDZN||100.1||Cumberland, Maryland||1998–2011||Changed to rock format in July 2011.|
|WDZY||1290||Richmond, Virginia||1998–2013||Sold in 2013; format changed to religious programming in 2014.|
|WEOK||1390||Poughkeepsie, New York||2005–2010||Format changed to oldies.|
|WFDF||910||Farmington Hills, Michigan||2002-2015||Sold in 2014 to The Word Network; format changed to religious programming in 2015.|
|WGFY||1480||Charlotte, North Carolina||1998-2015||Sold to Charlotte Advent Media Corporation in 2015. Went silent on May 5, 2015, before returning to the air on June 9, 2015, with a Christian talk format.|
|WGSM||740||Long Island, New York||1997–1998||Disaffiliated from the network when WQEW became the market's Radio Disney affiliate in late December 1998.|
|WHKT||1650||Norfolk, Virginia||–2010||Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.|
|WHRC||1450||Providence, Rhode Island||1998-2001||Originally known as WDYZ (reused for Orlando affiliate). Sold in 2001; affiliation moved to WDDZ.|
|WKEW||1400||Greensboro, North Carolina||1998-2001||Affiliation moved to WCOG in 2001|
|WKSH||1640||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||2002–2013||Sold in 2014; format changed to religious programming.|
|WKYG||1230||Parkersburg, West Virginia|
|WMBO||1340||Auburn, New York||2000s–2013||Former simulcast of WOLF; previously known as WKGJ and WWLF before reverting to its original WMBO call sign. The station flipped to oldies.|
|WMKI||850||Birmingham, Alabama||1998–1999||Call letters reused for Boston affiliate and call letters reverted to WYDE|
|WMKI||1260||Boston, Massachusetts||1997-2015||Sold in 2015; Station is now owned by Salem Media Group. Dropped the Radio Disney affiliate on September 3, 2015 and went silent in anticipation for a change of format. Format changed to Business news. And the call letters changed to WBIX.|
|WMNE||1600||West Palm Beach, Florida||1999–2009||After sale to Travis Media, resumed broadcasting on May 6, 2010 as an ethnic radio station, and changed call letters to WHTY as of June 2.|
|WMYM||990||Miami, Florida||-2015||Sold in 2015; went silent on June 11, 2015.|
|WMYR||1410||Fort Myers, Florida|
|WOLF||1490||Syracuse, New York||1999–2014||Dropped Radio Disney on February 1, 2014 to remain silent. The station resumed operations on January 6, 2015 as WNDR-FM simulcast.|
|WOLF-FM||96.7||Oswego, New York||Former simulcast of WOLF; now WCIO, a simulcast of (the current) WCIS-FM|
|WOWW||1430||Memphis, Tennessee||–2012||Format changed to news/talk in March 2012.|
|WQEW||1560||New York City, New York||1998-2015||Was the only Clear-channel station owned-and-operated by Radio Disney. Dropped the affiliation on February 17, 2015 and went silent in anticipation of a change in format. Was sold to Family Radio in 2014. Returned to the air February 27, 2015 as WFME (AM) with religious programming from Family Radio.|
|WQUA||102.1||Mobile, Alabama||-2005||Sold in 2005.|
|WRDZ||1300||Chicago, Illinois||1998-2015||Dropped Radio Disney on October 30, 2015. Sold to Polnet Communications on December 2, 2015. Became Polish radio station.|
|WRDZ-FM||98.3||Indianapolis, Indiana||2003-2015||Sold in 2015; format changed to Country. As 2014, WRDZ-FM was the only Radio Disney owned-and-operated station broadcasting on FM.|
|WSDZ||1260||St. Louis, Missouri||1997-2015||Sold to Salem Media Group in 2015. Went silent on December 11, 2015.|
|WVOA-FM||105.1||DeRuyter, New York||August 14–28, 2009||WOLF (AM) simulcast was during 2 weeks; format changed to country music.|
|WWCS||540||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||–2010||Affiliation moved to WDDZ.|
|WWJZ1||640||Mount Holly, New Jersey/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1999-2015||Sold to Starboard Media Foundation Inc.|
|WWMI||1380||Tampa, Florida||1999-2015||Flipped to Business Talk as 1380 The Biz|
|WWLF-FM||100.3||Sylvan Beach, New York||Former simulcast of WOLF; originally known as WBGJ. Now known as MOViN' FM|
|WWMK||1260||Cleveland, Ohio||1998-2015||Sold on 12/24/2014 but continued to broadcast Radio Disney up until 4/24/2015. Flipped to a Catholic format on May 7 branded AM 1260 The Rock.|
|WYNK||1380||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||1996–2002|
Radio Disney History of #1s
These songs hit #1 on Radio Disney's Top 50 Songs from 1997 to 2015.
- 1997: Will Smith - Men in Black (song)
- 1998: Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
- 1999: Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy
- 2000: NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye
- 2001: NSYNC - Pop
- 2002: Avril Lavigne - Complicated
- 2003: Hilary Duff - Why Not
- 2004: Hilary Duff - Come Clean
- 2005: Bowling For Soup - 1985
- 2006: Hannah Montana - The Best of Both Worlds
- 2007: Jonas Brothers - S.O.S
- 2008: Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
- 2009: Taylor Swift - You Belong with Me
- 2010: Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris - Baby
- 2011: Selena Gomez & the Scene - Love You like a Love Song
- 2012: One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
- 2013: One Direction - Best Song Ever
- 2014: Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea - Problem
- 2015: Shawn Mendes - Stitches
The Radio Disney Jams series CDs are various artists compilations of music featured on Radio Disney.
Internationally, there are Radio Disney stations in Australia, Chile, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. There are plans to resume broadcasting of a Disney-branded radio station in the United Kingdom, but this time under the 'Radio Disney' brand, aimed at a younger audience than its predecessor in the UK. On October 21, 2010, Radio Disney launched in Brazil. Since October 1, 2013, Radio Disney is available in Russia via Disney.ru. It plans to broadcast in the Philippines and Sweden in the near future.
Radio Disney is available in Latin America via terrestrial broadcast. Similar to Radio Disney in the U.S., it broadcasts in Spanish to Argentina, Radio Disney Brasil, Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Radio Disney planned to begin broadcasting on the digital radio platform in the United Kingdom by the end of 2008. On July 6, 2007, Ofcom, the communications regulator of the United Kingdom, announced that the 4 Digital Group, a consortium headed by Channel 4 and featuring Emap, UTV, British Sky Broadcasting, Global Radio, Carphone Warehouse and UBC, had been awarded a license to run a new digital radio multiplex which would include Radio Disney as one of ten new national radio stations. On October 10, 2008, Channel 4 withdrew plans to launch 4 Digital, ending the probability of Radio Disney launching on the service.
A similar station, Capital Disney began broadcasting in 2002 on the DAB digital radio network, on Sky Digital (Digital Satellite) and various digital cable television providers in the UK. The station was a joint venture between the UK's Capital Radio Group and Disney. The idea being to use Capital Radio's programming experience to assist Disney in launching a radio station in the UK. In early 2007, both Capital Radio (by now called GCap Media) and Disney agreed to pursue different goals, and as a result, Capital Disney closed down on June 29, 2007.
- Bubblegum pop
- Cumulus Media Networks (formerly ABC Radio Networks and Citadel Media)
- ESPN Radio
- Hip hop music
- Nick Radio - A similar radio network launched by Nickelodeon and iHeartMedia in 2013
- Rock music
- Teen pop
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- Радио Disney - Disney.ru (Russian)
- Radio Disney ya tiene presencia en México - El Universal (Spanish)
- Radio Disney transmitirá en México - Azteca Noticias (Spanish)